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Stoudemire return date pushed back to April 13 at earliest

Apr 5, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Not that anybody was really expecting Amare Stoudemire back soon anyway….

But the dates for Stoudemire’s return got pushed back a little bit more. According to Newsday, Stoudemire will be out 2-4 weeks from when he got the epidural shot in his back, not from the injury.

That was last Thursday. So the earliest Stoudemire could return is April 13 against Washington, which doesn’t seem likely at this point.

“It’s still day-to-day,” interim coach Mike Woodson said. “You’re talking 2-4 weeks maybe, if that. I keep saying day-to-day in hopes that he might come back. After taking the shot, they’re still saying 2-4 weeks. All I can do is wait. Two to four weeks can’t come fast enough, put it that way.”

If two weeks is April 13 four weeks would be April 27 — the playoffs start April 28. How much help would Stoudemire be for the Knicks if he comes back rusty for the playoffs (and still maybe not able to play at 100 percent).

So far it hasn’t been a huge problem — the Knicks have been able to win enough to hold on to a playoff spot without Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin, and with a banged up Stoudemire. But the Knicks didn’t come into this season with the goal of just making the playoffs, and it’s hard to see how a first round playoff series with the Bulls works out well for them.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    He looked good pregame. I figure for him to be back for the Miami game at the latest.

  2. slowclyde86 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    It would really suck for the knicksif he were signed to a really big, long term uninsured contract with all these injuries he has.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Three years is better than six years of this.

  3. jonnybaseball - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    “So far it hasn’t been a huge problem — the Knicks have been able to win enough to hold on to a playoff spot without Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin, and with a banged up Stoudemire.”

    Dude, you are the worst.

  4. allball23 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    The knicks actually matchup pretty well with the bulls. Much rather face them than the heat. Shump can guard rose and slow him up a lil. As long as they keep moving the ball on offense they have a real shot. Woodson will actually have them run plays when the game is close. Lol

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